Green Berets


An anemic update for Myth II.

Green Berets sits somewhere between expansion pack and semi-sequel status to Bungie’s Myth II: Soulblighter. It features a rag-tag special forces group of misfits in Vietnam, rather than the rag-tag fantasy misfits the game was built for, and as a result, Green Berets doesn’t stand well on its own. Literally, it requires a full installation of Myth II to work, since it uses that game engine to power it. You have to install both of them in the same folder.

Vietnam-era weaponry doesn’t arc like medieval arrows; it fires in a straight line and almost always hits its mark, making ambushes deadlier and the stakes higher. You’ll gnash your teeth watching your men fire into a hill rather at the soldiers at the top of it. The result is a game that is even more unforgiving and difficult than the original, specifically designed for diehards.

Green Berets offers rainforests, rice paddies, and villages, and the game actually brings the terror of jungle combat to life quite well. The bad news is that all of Myth II’s spotty artificial intelligence and path finding problems are intact too. The ‘Nam stuff is interesting for a while, but you might find yourself spending more time replaying Myth II: Soulblighter instead.

System Requirements: Pentium 90 MHz, 16 MB RAM, Win98

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